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The US Senate has unanimously voted to approve legislation banning the import of enriched uranium from Russia. The Prohibiting Russian Uranium Imports Act must be signed by President Biden before becoming law. It would bar US imports 90 days after enactment while permitting temporary waivers until January 2028. The House of Representatives adopted a similar bill by voice vote in December 2023. However, the legislation was stalled for some time in the Senate due to unrelated political differences.

Date: Friday, 03 May 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-senate-passes-act-banning-imports-of-russian-enriched-uranium-11733166

The International Energy Agency (IEA) in its latest report, Electricity 2024, dedicates a significant amount of space to nuclear power – a departure from its previous studies which treated it as peripheral. In its press release on the new report, IEA says the increase in electricity generation from renewables and nuclear "appears to be pushing the power sector's emissions into structural decline". Over the next three years, low-emissions generation is set to rise at twice the annual growth rate between 2018 and 2023. Global emissions from electricity generation are expected to decrease by 2.4% in 2024, followed by smaller declines in 2025 and 2026.

Date: Friday, 26 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiea-acknowledges-significance-of-nuclear-energy-in-new-report-11463539

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) team of experts has concluded an 18-day mission to the Bohunice NPP in Slovakia. The mission, which, focused on the plant’s two units (3&4), was carried out at the request of the Government of Slovakia.

Date: Thursday, 07 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-reviews-safety-at-slovakias-bohunice-npp-11352611

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has called for the Iranian government to reconsider the decision which affects the planning and conducting of nuclear safeguards verification activities.

Date: Tuesday, 19 September 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-withdraws-further-IAEA-inspector-designations

Iran has begun constructing a mining complex in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, which Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) head Mohammad Eslami described as a “hub” for producing raw materials needed for nuclear power production.

Date: Thursday, 17 August 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-launches-uranium-mine-11076943

A new assessment released by US intelligence concludes that Iran is boosting its nuclear capabilities but is not pursuing the development of nuclear weapons. According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s assessment, Iran has “undertaken research and development activities that would bring it closer to producing the fissile material needed” to produce a nuclear weapon. However, despite accelerating its nuclear programme since 2020, it is still not yet capable of producing a weapon. “Iran is not currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities that would be necessary to produce a testable nuclear device,” the assessment notes.

Date: Saturday, 15 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-intelligence-says-iran-is-not-developing-nuclear-weapons-11007110

Iran has resolved two outstanding inquiries from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) related to the presence of highly enriched uranium (HEU) particles at several sites. The confidential quarterly report by the IAEA, which is routinely leaked to the press, said inspectors no longer had questions on uranium particles found to be enriched to 83.7% at its underground Fordow facility. This had resulted in tension for the past several months although some resolution was achieved in March following a visit to Tehran by IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi. Iran had insisted at that time that those particles were a by-product of its current enrichment as particles can reach higher enrichment levels in fluctuations. “The agency informed Iran that, following its evaluation of the data, the agency had assessed that the information provided was not inconsistent with Iran’s explanation ... and that the agency had no further questions on this matter at this stage,” the report said.

Date: Wednesday, 07 June 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-resolves-some-outstanding-issues-with-iran-10918237

During a two day visit to Iran, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi held high level talks with Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Affairs Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and Vice-President of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), Mohammad Eslami. The visit followed reports that particles of uranium enriched to 83.7% had been detected at Iran's underground Fordow plant when Iran had formally notified IAEA of enrichment only up to 60%. There was also an outstanding issue of uranium particles identified at three locations not normally subject to IAEA inspections.

Date: Wednesday, 08 March 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgrossi-sees-positive-results-from-iran-trip-10657279

Newly appointed EDF CEO Luc Remont announced a record net loss of €17.9bn euros ($19bn) in 2022, but pledged to put the company back on track. Électricité de France (EDF) posted a loss before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of €4.99bn, compared with positive Ebitda of €18bn in 2021. The company's net financial debt increased 50% in 2022 to €64.5bn up from €43bn the previous year. “The 2022 results were significantly affected by the decline in our electricity output, and also by exceptional regulatory measures introduced in France in difficult market conditions,” Rémont said.

Date: Wednesday, 22 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrecord-losses-for-edf-10612700

Iran’s capacity to enrich uranium has doubled since Iran began its nuclear development programme, the Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami has told a recent meeting of Iranian lawmakers. Eslami praised parliament for passing the “Strategic Action Plan to Lift Sanctions and Protect Iranian Nation’s Interests” in December 2020, saying the law had contributed to the development of Iran’s nuclear industry.

Date: Wednesday, 21 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-welcomes-increase-in-uranium-enrichment-capacity-10451635