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The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe is developinga new report, The Role of Nuclear Energy in Sustainable Development: Entry Pathways. It was developed under the guidance of UNECE’s Nuclear Fuel Working Group with support from World Nuclear Association (WNA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency.

Date: Monday, 28 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-un-report-looks-at-nuclear-energy-and-sustainable-development-8152664

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

In the wake of the forest fires in the Chernobyl exclusion zone straddling Ukraine and Belarus in April, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had helped to design and procure a mobile laboratory for Belarus, complete with instruments and tools for the radiation monitoring of air and the environment.

Date: Tuesday, 02 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsbelarus-receives-iaea-radiological-monitoring-equipment-7948742

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has provided Belarus with a mobile laboratory for assessing radiological threats associated with forest fires in the Polessie State Radio-Ecological Reserve, adjacent to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Recent fires in the exclusion zone did not lead to a hazardous increase in air-borne radioactive particles.

Date: Friday, 29 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-equips-Belarus-with-mobile-radiation-monitori

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s upper house of parliament, has adopted a draft law on nuclear safety that enables state-run nuclear power plant operator Energoatom to secure a EUR200 million (USD220 million) loan from Euratom. The parliament said yesterday it had approved "in the second reading and as a whole" draft law №2373 On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on the Safety of Nuclear Energy Use.

Date: Thursday, 21 May 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Ukraine-passes-bill-to-secure-Euratom-loan

The recent fires in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine have not led to a hazardous increase in air-borne radioactive particles, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on 24 April. The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRIU) has regularly provided information on the fires through the IAEA's Unified System for Information Exchange in Incidents and Emergencies (USIE).

Date: Tuesday, 28 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Chernobyl-forest-fires-pose-no-health-risk-says-IA

Almost 3500 kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) has been removed from research reactor sites around the world over the past few decades, thanks to efforts supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Seventy-one research reactors have been converted to use low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel since 1978. Conversion of such reactors to use LEU reduces the proliferation risk presented by HEU.

Date: Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-highlights-efforts-to-convert-research-reacto

Ukrainian Prime Minister Alexei Goncharuk on 27 November announced the dismissal of Yuri Nedashkovsky, head of nuclear utility Energoatom.

“It was the initiative of the Minister of Energy and the Environment Alexei Orzhel,” Goncharuk said. He added, “We are now dismissing dozens of people who worked in previous years. In most cases, the reason for dismissal is incompetence and human corruption. He said, “This was long overdue. And there are three reasons for this: the deterioration of Energoatom’s performance, the increase in the number of negative incidents and a procurement investigation with which the deputy of the previous convocation is associated” [he was referring to businessman Nikolai Martynenko, one of the closest associates of Nedashkovsky and of former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Date: Tuesday, 03 December 2019
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsukraine-dismisses-head-of-energoatom-reflecting-political-tensions-7534772