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Iran will retaliate against any country that carries out cyber attacks on its nuclear sites, the head of civilian defence said on 3 July, after a fire at its Natanz enrichment facility.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsincident-damages-building-at-irans-natanz-enrichment-facility-8011793

The International Atomic Energy Agency said it has been informed by Iran about a fire in a building at the site of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility early on 2 July.

Iran told the IAEA that the fire was quickly extinguished and that there had been no nuclear material or other radioactive material in the building. Iran said the cause was not yet known, adding there were no injuries or radioactive contamination.

The Natanz site is under IAEA safeguards, including verification and monitoring under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, an agreement reached in Vienna in 2015, between Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the UK, the US plus Germany).

The JCPOA was a far-reaching 25-year settlement that constrained Iran’s nuclear capacity in exchange for sanctions relief. Iran agreed to remove about two-thirds of Natanz’s centrifuges, limit uranium enrichment to 3.67%, and down-blend or sell most of its LEU stockpile. Iran is also required to provide the IAEA daily access to Natanz for continuous monitoring of enrichment activities and centrifuge production.

Date: Tuesday, 07 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-says-no-nuclear-or-radioactive-material-in-natanz-fire-7-1-2020

The slightly elevated levels of three different radioisotopes recently detected in northern Europe are probably related to a nuclear reactor which is either operating or undergoing maintenance, the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement on 3 July.

The recorded air concentrations of the particles were very low and posed no risk to human health and the environment, the statement said.

However, the IAEA also said the geographical origin of the release has not yet been determined.

Last week, Estonia, Finland and Sweden reported levels of ruthenium-103, caesium-134 and caesium-137 isotopes in the air which were higher than usual.

The IAEA, in an effort to help identify the possible origin of the radioisotopes, contacted counterparts in Europe and asked for information about whether they were detected in their countries, and if any event there may have been associated with the atmospheric release.

Date: Saturday, 04 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/elevated-radioisotope-levels-in-nordic-region-likely-linked-to-nuclear-reactor-7-5-2020

On 30 June Hungary’s Paks II Ltd submitted a construction licence application for new nuclear units at the Paks nuclear plant to the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA).

Date: Friday, 03 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsconstruction-licence-application-submitted-for-paks-ii-8006953

Shunsuke Kondo, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo. The 2020 International Nuclear Societies Council (INSC) global award has been won by Shunsuke Kondo, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo, for his achievements and contributions to nuclear technology and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, a statement by the council said.

The INSC said the award committee also noted Prof. Kondo for his work as an advocate of current and future nuclear technology.

The award will be formally handed to Prof. Kondo on 23 September 2020 at an INSC meeting in Vienna on the sidelines of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s general conference.

The biennial INSC global award is given to nuclear professionals who have contributed to the development of nuclear innovation and technology and the expansion of peaceful uses of nuclear energy internationally.

Date: Thursday, 02 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/international-nuclear-societies-council-announces-2020-winner-7-3-2020

€12bn project is ‘serious opportunity for region’, says minister A computer-generated image of the Paks 2 nuclear project in Hungary. Courtesy Paks II. Hungary has submitted a licence application for the construction of two Generation III+ nuclear power plants at the Paks nuclear site in central Hungary to the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA).

János Süli, minister without portfolio responsible for the planning, construction and commissioning of the two new units at Paks 2, said 283,000 pages of documentation were submitted on 30 June.

Paks II, the company overseeing the Paks 2 project, told NucNet that the documentation had also been shown at a meeting of mayors, MPs and local residents’ groups in Budapest.

“The documentation submitted today details how the units planned for Paks meet every Hungarian and European Union regulation and safety requirement”, said Mr Süli.

Date: Thursday, 02 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/hungary-submits-licence-application-for-two-new-reactor-units-7-3-2020

The construction licence application for two VVER-1200 reactors at the existing Paks site was submitted to the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority (HAEA) yesterday by Paks II Limited. The regulator said it has 12 months in which to make a decision on the application, but this period can be extended by three months if required.

Date: Thursday, 02 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Paks-II-construction-licence-application-submitted

Slightly elevated levels of three different radioisotopes detected in northern Europe pose no risk to human health or the environment, the International Atomic Energy Agency said.

The IAEA, in an effort to help identify the possible origin of the radioisotopes, on Saturday contacted counterparts in Europe and requested information on whether they were detected in their countries, and if any event there may have been associated with the atmospheric release.

The agency said that by Monday afternoon, 29 member states in the European region had voluntarily reported that there were no events on their territories that may have caused the observed air concentrations of ruthenium-103, caesium-134 and caesium-137.

They also provided information about their own measurements and results. In addition, some countries which have not been approached by the IAEA – Algeria, Georgia, Tajikistan and the United Arab Emirates – also reported voluntarily to the IAEA information about their measurements and that there were no events on their territories.

Date: Wednesday, 01 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/elevated-radioisotope-levels-no-threat-to-health-or-environment-6-2-2020

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released its annual nuclear power status data for 2019 collected by the Power Reactor Information System (PRIS) and issued its Safeguards Statement for 2019.

Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-reports-on-nuclear-plant-operation-and-safeguards-7999314