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All remaining highly enriched uranium (HEU) from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency's (JAEA's) Japan Materials Testing Reactor Critical Assembly has now been returned to the USA. Japan and the USA have been cooperating for many years to repatriate HEU from Japanese research reactors to the USA.

Date: Saturday, 13 April 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Further-Japanese-research-reactor-free-of-HEU

Chicago-based Clean Core Thorium Energy (CCTE) has completed Phase 1 of the pre-licensing Vendor Design Review (VDR) process with Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). No issues were identified by CNSC that could present a fundamental barrier to the licensing of Clean Core’s ANEEL fuel in Canada.

Date: Friday, 12 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsclean-core-fuel-completes-phase-one-of-canadian-vendor-design-review-11676142

The new partnership brings together the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to work to accelerate the demonstration and commercialisation of fusion energy. The announcement was made during a visit by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to the USA.

Date: Friday, 12 April 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Japan-and-USA-form-strategic-partnership-for-fusio

A new publication in the IAEA’s Technical Report Series, Status of Molten Salt Reactor Technology, outlines the current status of molten salt reactor (MSR) technology around the world. It reviews the history of MSRs and takes a look at the current research and development activities taking place. The advantages of this technology, including a smaller high level waste footprint and passive safety features, as well as some of the technical challenges, such as developing components capable of operating in very high temperature environments, are detailed.

Date: Thursday, 11 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-iaea-publication-discusses-molten-salt-reactor-technology-11671135

Days after announcing the start of accelerated irradiation testing and qualification of its patented ANEEL thorium and high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) fuel at Idaho National Laboratory, Clean Core Thorium Energy announced it has completed the first phase of the Canadian nuclear regulator's pre-licensing review process.

Date: Thursday, 11 April 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Licensing-and-testing-progress-for-innovative-thor

Anfield Energy Inc has submitted its production reactivation plan for the Shootaring Canyon uranium mill to the State of Utah's Department of Environmental Quality. The Vancouver-based company said it is targeting the mill restart for 2026 - it has been on standby since 1982.

Date: Thursday, 11 April 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Anfield-applies-to-restart-Shootaring-Canyon-mill

Netherlands-based AMG Critical Materials has established a new company, NewMOX SAS in Grenoble, France, to service the nuclear fuel market. NewMOX is a subsidiary of ALD Vacuum Technologies based in Hanau, Germany. ALD is AMG’s engineering subsidiary focused on vacuum furnace technology, which includes sintering furnace systems enabling the production of commercial nuclear fuel from plutonium and depleted uranium mixed oxides (mox). ALD’s MOX technology has been applied in Germany, the USA, France, Belgium, the UK and recently ALD has been delivering furnace systems to China. ALD inherited the mox technology from Degussa AG, ALD’s former owner (later renamed Evonik AG).

Date: Wednesday, 10 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsamg-establishes-new-company-to-support-mox-production-11669474

Dutch specialty metals company AMG Critical Materials NV has created a new company - named NewMOX SAS - to develop commercial facilities for the production of mixed plutonium-uranium oxide (MOX) fuel using AMG's sintering furnace systems.

Date: Saturday, 06 April 2024
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/AMG-forms-new-company-to-promote-MOX-technology

US-based X-energy Reactor Company and Canadian power company TransAlta Corporation have announced a partnership to study deployment of X-energy’s Xe-100 small modular reactors (SMRs) in Alberta. The study will be supported through funding from Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and will assess the feasibility of repurposing a fossil fuel electricity generation site for an Xe-100 plant.

Date: Friday, 05 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsx-energy-and-transalta-to-assess-use-of-xe-100-smrs-in-alberta-11658926

US-based TerraPower has submitted its construction permit application to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for the Natrium reactor demonstration project. This is the first application to NRC for construction of a commercial advanced reactor.

Date: Wednesday, 03 April 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsterrapower-applies-for-natrium-reactor-demonstration-project-construction-permit-11651111