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Following his inauguration yesterday, US President Joseph Biden has formally signed an executive order to re-enter the Paris Climate Change Agreement and directed US departments and federal agencies to "immediately commence work to confront the climate crisis". The USA's re-entry will come into force in 30 days.

Date: Friday, 22 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Biden-Administration-prioritises-climate-on-first

The 47th annual conference presented by Waste Management Symposia (WMS), will be a fully virtual experience. Taking place March 8 – 12, WM2021 provides an opportunity to celebrate a collective resilience within our industry and the dedication to cultivating stronger connections without boundaries.

Date: Thursday, 21 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswm2021-goes-virtual-8460177

A proposed restructuring of GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment LLC (GLE) has received the final key approval from the US government. The restructure will see Australian research and development company Silex Systems and Canadian company Cameco Corporation increase their holdings in the company to 51% and 49%, respectively.

Date: Wednesday, 20 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-government-approves-GLE-restructure

The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) have announced the completion of a multi-year campaign to repatriate 161kg of highly enriched uranium (HEU) liquid target residue material from Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario, Canada, to the Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina.

Date: Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrepatriation-of-heu-from-canada-to-usa-8458729

The US Administration has issued an Executive Order on Promoting Small Modular Reactors for National Defense and Space Exploration, which it says will further revitalise the US nuclear energy sector and reinvigorate its space exploration programme. This includes directives to demonstrate the use of microreactors on military bases and also to ensure a viable US-origin supply of high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU).

Date: Thursday, 14 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/US-order-promotes-SMRs-for-space-exploration-and-d

The Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), part of the US Department of Energy, has outlined its plan to support the existing US nuclear generation fleet, demonstrate the latest innovations in nuclear energy technologies and explore new market opportunities. The Strategic Vision is a blueprint for NE to achieve its mission of advancing nuclear energy science and technology to meet US energy, environmental and economic needs.

Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/DOE-announces-strategy-for-US-nuclear-science-and

Agreements announced yesterday between NuScale Power and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) to facilitate the development of a project to deploy small modular reactors (SMRs) at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) could lead to the placement of a first order for NuScale Power Modules in 2022.

Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NuScale-and-UAMPS-agreements-progress-plans-for-SM

An 80-page report by the US Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC), “Powering the Future: Fusion and Plasmas” published in December says the US should build a fusion pilot plant (FPP) by the 2040s.

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-report-urges-aggressive-approach-to-fusion-research-8443475

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, LLC's process to produce molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) from concentrated Mo-98 (cMo-98) and related software upgrades for its RadioGenix System technetium-99m (Tc-99m) generator. This will significantly increase US production and capacity for non-uranium based Mo-99, the company says.

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/FDA-approves-novel-non-uranium-Mo-99-production-pr

Workers have begun activities to prepare for the demolition of a nuclear reactor at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in California, the Office of Environmental Management (EM) at the US Department of Energy announced on 22 December. A team from EM, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the US Army Corp Engineers performed core drilling, surveying, sampling, and a study of potential demolition impacts last month.

Date: Wednesday, 06 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Pre-demolition-work-starts-at-Lawrence-Livermore-r