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Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has developed a new technology that could play a key role in safeguarding used nuclear fuels. The prototype Robotized Cherenkov Viewing Device (RCVD) is a small robot. In tests it navigated a used fuel pond and provided inspectors with real time data that could be used for safeguards verification. “The test demonstrates that autonomous robots could soon assist with field measurement and analysis of spent nuclear fuel, providing greater protection for human workers,” said Technical Programme Manager, Rosie Attwell.

Date: Saturday, 28 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsaustralian-technology-helping-safeguard-used-nuclear-fuel-10548131

A floating autonomous robot could soon play a key role in safeguarding used nuclear fuel around the world. The Robotised Cherenkov Viewing Device (RCVD) has been created through a collaboration between Australian national science agency CSIRO's data and digital specialist arm Data61, Hungarian robotics company Datastart and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Robot-developed-to-assist-verification-of-used-fue

Finland is committed to the safe, secure and sustainable management of radioactive waste as it nears completion of the world's first geological disposal facility for used fuel, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has concluded.

Date: Wednesday, 14 December 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-sees-Finnish-commitment-to-safe-radwaste-mana

‘New sense of urgency’ on spent fuel and high-level waste Spent nuclear fuel in an interim pool at the Pickering nuclear power station in Canada. Courtesy OPG. Deep Isolation and Amentum have signed a memorandum of agreement to work together to further the commercialisation of Deep Isolation’s nuclear waste disposal technology in what could be a multi-billion-dollar market around the world.

Initial targets for joint work include countries in Europe and the Pacific that represent a combined addressable market for geologic disposal of spent fuel and high-level waste worth more than $30bn (€29bn), California, US-based Deep Isolation said.

The company said “there is a new sense of urgency” to dispose of nuclear waste. Low-carbon nuclear energy is a powerful alternative to fossil fuels in the fight against climate change, but much of the world is requiring a waste solution to be in place before investments are made in new nuclear power installations.

Deep Isolation’s deep borehole technology uses directional drilling practices to isolate waste deep underground in borehole repositories, providing many countries with an alternative to a traditional mined repository.

Date: Friday, 12 August 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/deep-isolation-aims-for-multi-billion-dollar-market-with-deep-borehole-disposal-technology-8-4-2022

Russia has asked for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi to brief an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council about the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Meanwhile G7 foreign ministers have demanded Russia "hand back full control" of the plant "to its rightful sovereign owner, Ukraine".

Date: Thursday, 11 August 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/G7-demands-Russia-hand-over-Zaporizhzhia,-Russia-c

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos on 24 and 25 May. Nuclear provides the opportunity for a faster transition to a low-carbon energy future and supports the shift to a hydrogen economy, he told participants. In an opinion piece on the WEF website, Grossi said that nuclear is gaining increasing support in the battle against climate change, that reaching net-zero carbon emissions will require a doubling of nuclear capacity, and that technology such as small modular reactors (SMRs) and used fuel repositories are increasing nuclear accessibility and safety.

Date: Friday, 27 May 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaeas-grossi-at-davos-discusses-nuclear-power-iran-and-ukraine-9729661

Regional authorities confirm that the six-unit facility in southeast Ukraine has been seized by Russian forces The fire broke out in a training building outside the station in the early hours of Friday, after being shelled by Russian forces, Ukrainian authorities said.

What is the significance of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station?

Date: Saturday, 05 March 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-what-s-happening-at-europe-s-largest-nuclear-power-station-3-5-2022

Deep borehole disposal is a viable, cost-effective solution for all of the intermediate and high-level long-lived radioactive waste (ILW/HLW) that is being temporarily stored by five European countries, according to a feasibility study by Deep Isolation. The study was commissioned by Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning (NND) on behalf of the European Repository Development Organisation (ERDO), a multinational group established in 2021 to address the challenges of safely managing long-lived radioactive wastes either separately or in one combined mined repository.

Date: Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Deep-borehole-disposal-suitable-for-ERDO-countries

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts last week completed a follow-up nuclear security advisory mission to the Czech Republic. The two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission included a review of the legislative and regulatory framework for the physical protection of nuclear material and associated facilities and activities, including transport.

Date: Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Czech-nuclear-security-regime-is-robust,-says-IAEA