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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

Canada's Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has cancelled plans to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron in Canada, according to Canadian press reports.

Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsopg-cancels-plans-for-nuclear-waste-store-7999577

The Government of Saskatchewan has announced plans to establish an office to coordinate nuclear policy and programme work within the Climate Change & Adaptation Division in the Ministry of Environment.

Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssaskatchewan-to-establish-an-office-to-coordinate-nuclear-policy-7999347

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has formally withdrawn its site preparation and construction licence application for a deep geologic repository (DGR) for low and intermediate-level waste at the Bruce nuclear site. It has also terminated the federal environmental assessment process for the repository.

Date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/OPG-terminates-environmental-assessment-process-fo

Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom jointly with the international initiative Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) on 19 June held a webinar on climate change in Russia and the role of nuclear power in the fight against these changes.

Date: Saturday, 27 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrussian-webinar-examines-nuclear-and-climate-change-7996684

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has released an action plan committing the Australian minerals industry to decarbonising the economy and addressing climate change.

Date: Friday, 26 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsminerals-council-of-australia-climate-plan-draws-criticism-7994242

The government of Saskatchewan has announced the establishment of an office to help in the planning and development of small modular reactors (SMR) in the Canadian province. It said the new office will "coordinate nuclear policy and programme work" within the Climate Change and Adaptation Division in the Ministry of Environment.

Date: Friday, 26 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Secretariat-set-up-for-Saskatchewan-SMR-deployment

Canada and the USA last week reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening supply chains for critical minerals including uranium in their first working group meetings since finalising a bilateral collaboration agreement earlier this year.

Date: Wednesday, 24 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canada-USA-build-critical-minerals-cooperation

The first HI-TRAN 300 vertical heavy load hauler designed by its Holtec's Nuclear Power Division (NPD) has been manufactured and factory tested by the company’s Advanced Manufacturing Division in Camden, New Jersey.

Date: Friday, 12 June 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsholtec-launches-heavy-load-transporter-7967889