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Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) and Global First Power (GFP) have announced a repurposed parking lot at the Chalk River campus as the location where they plan to build and operate a demonstration Micro-Modular Reactor (MMR).

Date: Tuesday, 16 May 2023
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Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs & Employment and the US Department of Energy (DOE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on nuclear energy and nuclear waste management. “Its purpose is to intensify cooperation between administrations, companies and research institutes in Finland and the US concerning the peaceful use of nuclear power,” the Finnish Ministry said. The MOU was signed by the Ministry’s Director General, Riku Huttunen, and Dr Kathryn Huff, Assistant Secretary at the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy.

Date: Saturday, 13 May 2023
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Sweden demonstrates a solid commitment to ensuring the safe implementation of nuclear radioactive waste and used fuel management activities, including its efforts towards establishing a deep geological facility, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has concluded.

Date: Wednesday, 10 May 2023
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Review Service for Radioactive Waste & Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning & Remediation (ARTEMIS) team has concluded a seven-day mission to Sweden. It said Sweden has a comprehensive, robust and well-functioning system for safely managing radioactive waste and used nuclear fuel. The mission, however, advised Sweden to improve its national policies and strategies for non-nuclear radioactive waste that originates, for example, from industrial uses, research, or medical applications.

Date: Friday, 05 May 2023
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The US has sensitive nuclear technology at a nuclear power plant inside Ukraine and is warning Russia not to touch it, according to a letter the US Department of Energy (DOE) sent to Rosatom, CNN reported. The letter, from the director of DOE’s Office of Nonproliferation Policy, Andrea Ferkile, was dated 17 March 2023. It tells Rosatom’s director general that the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Enerhodar “contains US-origin nuclear technical data that is export-controlled by the United States Government”.

Date: Saturday, 22 April 2023
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Japan, the UK, Canada, the US and France have agreed to co-operate to reduce dependence on Russia as a supplier of nuclear materials and technology. Their statement was issued at the Nuclear Energy Forum being held in Japan’s Sapporo alongside the meeting of Group of Seven (G7) ministers on climate, energy and environment. It was published on the UK government website.

Date: Thursday, 20 April 2023
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US-based Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) has signed an agreement with Polish chemical company Grupa Azoty Police and the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin. Over the next six months, the parties will prepare a comprehensive research programme and jointly develop a plan for the construction, operation and maintenance of a nuclear energy research facility based on USNC’s Micro-Modular Reactor (MMR) technology.

Date: Thursday, 06 April 2023
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Data from Swiss Nuclear Forum shows five units were shut down Leibstadt, one of Switzerland's four nuclear power units in commercial operation. Image courtesy Alpiq. There were 438 commercial nuclear power plants in operation in 33 countries at the end of 2022, according to data from the Swiss Nuclear Forum.

The forum said six new nuclear power plants went online in 2022 and five units were permanently shut down.

The six new plants were Olkiluoto-3 in Finland, the first new reactor to start up in Western Europe in around 15 years, Fuqing-6 and Hongyanhe-6 in China, Kanupp-3 in Pakistan, Shin-Hanul-1 in South Korea and Barakah-3 in the United Arab Emirates.

Date: Tuesday, 14 February 2023
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Estonia's privately held nuclear energy company, Fermi Energia, has chosen GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's (GEH's) BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) for deployment in Estonia by the early 2030s. In 2022 Fermi Energia had accepted tenders from US-Japan joint venture GE Hitachi, US-based NuScale and the UK’s Rolls-Royce. Fermi Energia said the criteria for selection were technological maturity, the establishment of a reference plant, economic competitiveness and the participation of Estonian companies in the supply chain.

Date: Friday, 10 February 2023
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Estonia's Fermi Energia has selected GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy's (GEH's) BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) for potential deployment in the Baltic country by the early 2030s. Two other SMR designs had been under consideration.

Date: Thursday, 09 February 2023
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