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An extensive EU-funded research project has been launched to investigate the effects of chronic exposure to low doses of radon and other naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) on humans and the environment. The EUR22 million (USD26 million), five-year RadoNorm project involves 56 partners from 22 European countries.

Date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/EU-research-project-focuses-on-radon-and-NORM

Carolina Schmidt and Alok Sharma - respectively, COP25 president and COP26 president-designate - yesterday issued a joint plea for new and enhanced Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and net-zero targets ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. NDCs embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Date: Saturday, 26 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/COP-presidents-call-for-enhanced-NDCs-by-December

The European Court of Justice on 22 September rejected Austria's appeal against the European Commission's (EC’s) 2014 decision to approve UK government aid for the construction of two EPR reactors at Hinkley Point C, in Somerset, England. 

Date: Friday, 25 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newseu-court-of-justice-rejects-austrian-appeal-against-hinkley-point-c-8148318

The UK government has launched a COP26 Energy Transition Council to bring together leaders of the global power sector, to accelerate the transition from coal to clean power. Announcing the initiative at a Clean Energy Ministerial side event, Martin Callanan said this new partnership would "speed progress" for the next round of UN climate talks, in November 2020. Callanan, a life peer, delivered a keynote speech on behalf of COP President Designate Alok Sharma, at the CEM11 discussion Passing the Tipping Point: the next decade of clean energy cooperation held on 21 September.

Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/UK-launches-Energy-Transition-Council-ahead-of-COP

The European Court of Justice has rejected Austria's appeal against the European Commission's 2014 decision to approve the UK's support for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant, which is under construction in Somerset, England. The Court of Justice, the supreme court of the European Union in matters of European Union law, agreed with the Commission that the project is in line with EU state aid rules.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Austria-fails-in-attempt-to-block-Hinkley-Point-C

Nuclear power must be included in all debates about the clean energy transition and tackling climate change, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today at the opening session of the Agency's Scientific Forum 2020. Panellists in the first session agreed there were issues that the industry must address in order to support its messages about the benefits of nuclear energy.

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-head-calls-for-nuclear-to-have-a-place-in-all

The IAEA continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement, and evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities continue, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of IAEA General Conference. 

Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-is-fair-and-firm-with-Iran-says-Grossi

The fight against the coronavirus pandemic has underscored the important role the International Atomic Energy Agency plays in the major crises the world faces, its director general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of the IAEA General Conference. These remarks were in addition to his formal statement published by the agency while he was speaking to the conference's participants, both those present at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna and those watching via livestreaming of the event.

Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-works-to-help-every-global-challenge-says-Gro

UK-based Horizon Nuclear Power announced that it will cease its activities to develop nuclear new-build projects at Wylfa Newydd on Anglesey and at Oldbury on Severn in South Gloucestershire. This followed the decision by Horizon’s parent company, Japan’s Hitachi Ltd, it would end business operations on the UK NPP construction project, which was suspended in January 2019.

Date: Friday, 18 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newshorizon-to-cease-activities-on-uk-nuclear-projects-8136080

BBC cites concerns over Chinese involvement in reactor plans There are plans to build two Generation III EPR units at Sizewell. Courtesy EDF Energy. The decision by Japanese company Hitachi to pull out of plans to build a new nuclear power station in Wales “may accelerate government approval of a new station at Sizewell C” in Suffolk, BBC News reported, citing “government and industry sources”.

The BBC said the government taking a stake in the project to build two Generation III EPR units at Sizewell is one option being considered as it looks to “replace China’s CGN [China General Nuclear] as an investor”. 

France’s EDF and CGN are 80% and 20% shareholders in the Sizewell C project. The cost of the project has been estimated at £18bn, although this has not been confirmed by either EDF or CGN.

After Sizewell C, CGN was set to build it’s a single HPR1000, or Hualong One, reactor design at Bradwell in Essex, but BBC News cited sources saying this idea “‘looks dead’, given revived security concerns and deteriorating diplomatic relations” between London and Beijing.

The HPR1000 is a China-designed 1,100-MW Generation III pressurised water reactor which incorporates elements of China’s ACP1000 and ACPR1000+ reactor designs.

Date: Friday, 18 September 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/government-could-take-stake-in-sizewell-nuclear-project-says-report-9-4-2020