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The new Greenland government (Naalakkersuisut) is preparing to outlaw uranium mining, reinstating and strengthening a ban that the national assembly had overturned in 2013, local media reported on 12 July. A month-long public consultation period began on 2 July for a proposed bill that would prohibit uranium mining as well as the feasibility studies and exploration activities that must be completed before a mining project can be considered for a licence to begin operation.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgreenland-plans-to-reimpose-ban-on-uranium-mining-8919307

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has accepted for review a topical report to apply Framatome's suite of Advanced Codes and Methods to operating conditions with uranium-235 enrichments above the industry standard of 5 weight percent. The report is a critical step towards implementing nuclear fuel at higher enrichments and burnups, the company said.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Framatome-advanced-fuel-technology-reaches-regulat

Vancouver-based International Consolidated Uranium (CUR) has agreed to buy the Tony M, Daneros and Rim conventional uranium mines in Utah, as well as the Sage Plain property and eight Department of Energy leases in Colorado from Energy Fuels Inc. In addition, the companies have agreed to enter into toll-milling and operating agreements with respect to the projects. The transaction positions CUR as a potential near-term US uranium producer.

Date: Saturday, 17 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Canadian-firm-enters-US-uranium-sector-with-mine-p

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on 13 July it was leading an effort, working with the Department of Energy (DOE), to advance space nuclear technologies. The government team has selected three reactor design concept proposals for a nuclear thermal propulsion system. The reactor is a critical component of a nuclear thermal engine, which would utilise high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnasa-announces-funding-for-nuclear-thermal-propulsion-reactor-8898302

Spain's Nuclear Safety Council (Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear -CSN) on 12 July blocked Berkeley Energia's planned uranium mine in Salamanca citing safety concerns. The CSN Plenary reported unfavourably on the request presented by Berkeley Minera Spain (BME) on the authorisation of construction of a uranium concentrates manufacturing plant in the municipality of Retortillo (Salamanca).

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsspains-regulator-rejects-berkeleys-plans-for-uranium-mine-in-salamanca-8898311

Oklo Inc has announced a 20-year commercial partnership with Compass Mining, the world's first online marketplace for bitcoin mining hardware and hosting. Oklo’s "advanced fission powerhouses" will provide clean, reliable and affordable baseload power for Compass’ Bitcoin mining machines, starting in the early 2020s.

Date: Friday, 16 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Oklo-to-power-Bitcoin-mining-machines

Three reactor design concept proposals for a nuclear thermal propulsion system for deep space missions have been selected by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Energy (DOE). The reactor will be a critical component of a nuclear thermal engine, which would utilise high-assay low-enriched uranium fuel.

Date: Thursday, 15 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NASA-selects-reactor-concepts-for-deep-space-explo

Canada’s Cameco, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas (GNF-A) on 7 July have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore several areas of cooperation to advance the commercialisation and deployment of BWRX-300 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Canada and around the world. The MOU is not exclusive and does not preclude GEH or Cameco from pursuing similar arrangements with other companies in the nuclear energy sector.

Date: Friday, 09 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscameco-geh-and-gnf-a-co-operate-on-commercialisation-of-bwrx-300-smr-8879295

Canadian Earth ‘x-ray’ start-up Ideon Technologies and France’s Orano Group (Orano), said on 6 July that they have deployed the world’s first cosmic-ray muon detector for use in industry-standard boreholes. The Eureka-approved research and development project, which is receiving advisory services and funding support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP), will run from now until the end of 2021 at McClean Lake, an Orano site in northern Saskatchewan.

Date: Friday, 09 July 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsideon-and-orano-deploy-worlds-first-borehole-muon-tomography-solution-8879394

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly influenced the uranium market as several companies announced in the second quarter of 2020 measures leading to an important decrease of uranium production and related services, the Euratom Supply Agency (ESA) says in its newly released 2020 Annual Report. The report provides an overview of nuclear fuel supply and demand in the EU.

Date: Friday, 09 July 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/ESA-reviews-COVID-impacts-on-supply-and-demand