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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Integrated Review Service for Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel Management, Decommissioning and Remediation (ARTEMIS) team of experts found that Belgium demonstrated commitment to the safe management of its radioactive waste and used fuel. The 11-day mission was carried out at the request of Belgium and hosted by ONDRAF/NIRAS, the Belgian National Agency for Radioactive Waste & Enriched Fissile Material management.

Date: Thursday, 21 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-reviews-belgiums-radioactive-waste-and-used-fuel-11387295

The Governments of the Philippines and the USA signed an “Agreement for Cooperation Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy” also known as a Section 123 Agreement, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in San Francisco, California. The US insists that countries seeking to trade nuclear power goods and services must sign formal cooperation agreements. Such Section 123 Agreements relate to the relevant paragraph of the US 1954 Atomic Energy Act which requires them.

Date: Wednesday, 22 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsphilippines-and-us-sign-nuclear-co-operation-agreement-11315263

The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has published a 60-page supplement to “The NEA Small Modular Reactor Dashboard”, which it published in March. The Dashboard tracks the progress of selected small modular reactor (SMR) designs towards deployment.

Date: Thursday, 27 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnea-issues-supplement-to-its-smr-dashboard-11030329

The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has recently published a 73-page study, which tracks the progress of selected small modular reactor (SMR) designs towards deployment. NEA says the SMR designs are at various stages of development, from fundamental research on new concepts to commercial deployment and operation of mature designs.

Date: Wednesday, 22 March 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssmr-development-tracked-by-nea-and-iaea-studies-10691068

Ruling party wants ‘nuclear-free homeland’ by 2025 The two-unit Kuosheng nuclear power station in Taiwan. Courtesy Taipower. Unit 2 of Taiwan’s Kuosheng nuclear power station has been taken offline, leaving only two reactors in commercial operation and potentially making the island state’s energy situation more precarious in the near term.

The closure of Kuosheng-2 on 15 March leaves two units in operation at the Maanshan nuclear power station, but both are scheduled to be shut down in the next two years, fulfilling the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s promise of a “nuclear-free homeland” by 2025.

The four reactors that have been shut down had a total net capacity of 3,178 MW, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The two remaining reactors have a total net capacity of 1,874 MW.

Chinshan-1 was shut down in 2018, Chinshan-2 in 2019 and Kuosheng-1 in 2021.

Date: Friday, 17 March 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/latest-reactor-shutdown-leaves-island-in-precarious-position-3-4-2023

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

Canada’s Terrestrial Energy has completed a regulatory evaluation of packaging and cross-border transportation of Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) nuclear fuel in collaboration with France’s Orano.

Date: Saturday, 05 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsterrestrial-energy-and-orano-evaluate-imsr-fuel-packaging-and-transportation-10260419